Dosing schedule (How to take this medicine)
- Your dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor is (( to be written by a healthcare professional))
- For hypercholesterolaemia: In general for adults, take 1 tablet (10 mg of atorvastatin) at a time, once daily. The dosage may be adjusted according to the age or symptoms. For severe patients, the dosage may be increased up to a maximum dose of 2 tablets (20 mg) per day.
For familial hypercholesterolaemia: In general for adults, take 1 tablet (10 mg of atorvastatin) at a time, once daily. The dosage may be adjusted according to the age or symptoms. For severe patients, the dosage may be increased up to a maximum dose of 4 tablets (40 mg) per day.
In either case, strictly follow the instructions.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible within before bedtime. You should never take two doses at one time.
- If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
Possible adverse reactions to this medicine
The most commonly reported adverse reactions include stomach discomfort, itching, numbness of the fingers, loss of sleep, diarrhea, heartburn, constipation, headache and general malaise. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The symptoms described below are rarely seen as initial symptoms of the adverse reactions indicated in brackets. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately.
- muscle pain, lassitude, reddish brown urine [rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy]
- nausea/vomiting, general malaise, yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes [hepatitis fulminant, hepatitis, hepatic function disorder, jaundice]
- pharynx pain/headache/heaviness of the head, general malaise, bleeding of nose/gums or under the skin [agranulocytosis, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia]
- fever, loss of appetite, red rash [oculomucocutaneous syndrome, toxic epidermal necrosis, erythema multiforme]
- dry mouth, excessive drinking/urination, getting tired easily [hyperglycaemia, diabetes mellitus]
The above symptoms do not describe all the adverse reactions to this medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any symptoms of concern other than those listed above.